• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Hard work paying off for Xavier Moore

Xavier Moore has been a competitive swimmer for much of his young life. At age seven, his mother Shelby knew that he found what he loved to do and soon he started breaking records. He started swimming for Marvin Watson at what used to be Woodford Hills Country Club. He soon transitioned to USA Swimming and later Bluegrass Swim Team under Roger Kehrt. "As a parent you want your child to love what they play," said Shelby Moore. "One summer he said I would like to try swim team and he decided to give up soccer and fell in love with the sport. He works hard and is very driven. He has his ambitions and his siblings both swim as well so it's been fun to watch unfold. Watching him get up at 5:30 in the morning to work at his craft is pretty special." As a 10-year-old, Xavier broke the 9-10-year-old boys' 50-meter backstroke record, finishing at 35.40. When he was 11, Xavier was a national champion in the 100-meter backstroke. As a 12-year-old he shattered the 100-yard (11-12-year-old) record in the breaststroke finishing at 1:03.84. He was a state champion on multiple occasions, but in 2018 he dominated at the 12-and-under State Swimming Championships in Louisville. Moore won the 200-meter individual medley, 500-meter freestyle, 50-meter freestyle, 50-meter breaststroke,100-meter backstroke, 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke and 50-meter backstroke.

Xavier represented Kentucky in the Mid-States All-Star Championships at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 2016 and 2018 and he was also part of the Woodford County High School record-breaking 400-meter relay team at the Region 6 championships at Falling Springs in February 2018. In April, he raced in the Derby Pro series meet at the University of Louisville and won again. Xavier, now 13 recently was high-point winner for the boys' 13-14-year-old age group in the Bluegrass Swim Conference in Berea, where he competed for the Falling Springs Hammerheads. His current swim team is the Swim Pack (Premier Aquatics of Central Kentucky) under Issac Jones who was a former University of Kentucky and Australian National swimmer. "I love to race," said Xavier. "I love how intense the feeling is. In a tight race, the difference can come down to a fingertip length. It's stressful, but I love it. Swimming has become a large part of my life and the early mornings in the pool doesn't bother me. It's something that I want to do. In the short term I'd like to win the Junior National Cup and long term I would love to swim in college and eventually earn a spot on the Olympic team in 2024."

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